Contributions to Zoology, 77 (1) – 2008

Ancient DNA analysis indicates the first English lions originated from North Africa

Ross Barnett1, Nobuyuki Yamaguchi2, Beth Shapiro1, Richard Sabin3

1.  Henry Wellcome Ancient Biomolecules Centre, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PS UK

2.  (corresponding author) Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford, Tubney House, Abingdon Road, Tubney, Abingdon, OX13 5QL UK, nobuyuki.yamaguchi@zoo.ox.ac.uk; present address: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Qatar, P.O. Box 2713, Doha , Qataryamaguchi@qu.edu.qa

3.  Department of Zoology, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD UK

Keywords: Panthera leo, Barbary lion, medieval, Royal Menagerie, Tower of London